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Do cats and dogs get dementia?

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Yes, cats and dogs can get dementia too! In fact, signs of dementia are found in over 50% of dogs and 30% of cats over the age of 11.

Cats and dogs signs of dementia

  • Disorientation

  • Confusion

  • Anxiety

  • Restlessness

  • Changes in sleeping patterns

  • Reduced response to commands (ie. Sit & Stay)

  • Difficulty learning new commands

  • Irritability or aggression (towards people and other animals)

  • Reduced appetite

  • Incontinence

If you have noticed any of the above signs in your older pet, it is important to bring them in for a health check. These signs may be related to other significant health problems and early diagnosis prompts early treatment, improving the outcome for your pet. It is important to look after our golden oldies, as their senior years can be challenging for both them and you.

A key phrase to remember is ‘age is not a disease’! Each animal deserves a comfortable and happy retirement.

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